Why professional dental cleanings?
Professional dental cleanings is not simply washing your teeth so that they become shiny and smooth, but a therapeutic treatment for your gums as well . First, by cleaning (scaling) your teeth, you remove buildup of plaque and tartar (calculus). The build up is a nest for bacteria which stimulates an inflammatory response in your immune system, which in turn leads to gums that bleed easily, swollen/red/tender tissue, and loss of attachment to your teeth – and ultimately tooth loss. In addition, as blood vessels and tissue spaces are connected to other parts of your head, neck and body, infections and bacteria can spread to other parts of your body with serious consequences. Gum health is intrinsically connected to your systemic health, and research have shown a direct correlation between gum health and diabetes (blood sugar control), heart disease, and stroke.
What to expect
When you schedule an appointment for teeth cleaning, our dentist will start by explaining what work is being done and why. If you are suffering from any other dental issue such as teeth sensitivity or bleeding gums, your dentist will explain why this is happening, and how to address it. Your dentist will also advice on proper brushing and flossing techniques to maintain optimal home care between visits. Use the opportunity to ask for a full demo on how to brush and clean your teeth properly, as well as any other oral hygiene tools that can assist you in your daily oral care regimen.
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Different types of teeth cleaning
Teeth cleaning can be done in different ways depending on the patient’s needs. Some people assume that when teeth cleaning is done, the dental professionals only focus on polishing the tooth enamel above the gum line,but there is more to cleaning than just that!
At Smiles on Queen, we select the type and frequency of teeth cleaning procedure based on the patient’s unique needs. We perform a physical evaluation, and in some cases x-rays before recommending the best dental cleaning procedure.
Thorough cleaning above and below the gumline is performed using ultrasonic and hand-scaling instruments to scale and/or plane the teeth surface. In some cases of advanced gum disease, other treatment modalities may be considered in addition to cleaning.
Prophylaxis cleaning, or prophy, is done to get rid of plaque and stains that have buildup just above the gum line, and often performed after scaling. This procedure is not designed to remove plaque below the gum line, but more of a final touch to polish the teeth for a “squeaky clean” feel!
At Smiles on Queen, we strive to provide the most thorough and appropriate dental cleaning procedures for you.